Playing Cricket Again: Part One (The Plan)

I wrote recently about my new cricket bat and commented that I was thinking of playing cricket again. I couldn’t have picked a worse time really as Club Cricket has …

What Next For England Cricket

A lot has (and is) being said about the future of England Cricket, and as usual lots of symbolic comparison to the deckchairs on the Titanic are being made. This …

Staffordshire Seniors Cricket

Returning to the cricket field last year, aged 57 after a 33 year break, I wrote several times that I had set myself the target of paying Seniors Cricket for …

The Changing Face Of Cricket Commentary

I have become slightly obsessed (no surprise I know) with watching cricket on TV not so much out of any interest for the actual games, but for the detailed technical …

Cricket Diary

Returning to play cricket in 2021 aged 57 following a 33 year absence from the game was one of the best (and worst) decisions that I have made. Neither my …

Cricket Diary: Reflections (Old Stuff)

An old rivalry, old friends, rolling back the years and umpiring! Last but one week of the season. The Week That Was Monday: woke up with a headache which took …

Cricket Diary: Reflections (New Stuff)

As the season enters it’s final stages a look back at the ‘new stuff’ I encountered, but first – who would be a Cricket Club Official, hats caps off to …

Chris Marshall Cricket

It is possible to repair virtually any cricket bat, but two questions will always remain: How long will the repair last? Is the cost of the repair worth it? Before …

Cricket Diary: Spirit of the Game

A three day Bank Holiday weekend with no cricket. Two great days at the Test Match. A new hobby/business/addiction and “Suits you sir”. Bothered by no cricket? Being honest not …

Refurbished TON Cricket Bat

Let me be 100% clear, this is NOT a Masuri E-Line Cricket Bat, but it was purchased as an older TON bat, and as I intended to use the bat …

Cricket Diary: Balance

Can’t remember the last time I wore sunglasses! This was the outcome of a discussion with Sand about the weather this summer. WellI say summer! We only have two summers …

Cricket Diary: Primary Club

Yes, no, maybe, sorry …… has been yet another up and down, in and out, on and off week both in terms of not playing and not watching cricket! Last …

Cricket Diary: Perspective

No Cricket (again), England Batting Collapse in Test (again), Cancelled Hospital Procedure (again), Bought Cricket Gloves (again) ….. A key ingredient of a cricket diary is cricket, yet once again …

Cricket Diary: Old Haunts

Another cancelled match. Another failure with the bat. Another blow on the finger. Another familiar old ground and a few beers with an old foe! The Week That Was No …

Cricket Diary: the Siesta is back.

Gooseberry Ice Cream. Parents 60th Anniversary. Siestas. Two totally different losses, The Hundred & Bat Refurbishment. Who needs Spain eh!? A frustrating weekend playing no cricket on what was the …

Cricket Diary: Less is More

Probably shouldn’t have booked Hermes to bring it home. No nets for me on Monday as I was not netting on Tuesday (ODI at Edgbaston), Wednesday (Over 50s match at …

Cricket Diary: Sledging, Jugs & Fines

As I said last week I took the opportunity to have a short mid season break (not the best term in hindsight) this week so I have spent the majority …

Cricket Diary: Mid Season Already

Picked up another two bruises this weekend: one on my inner left thigh, one on my right forearm. Any guesses which one resulted in my dismissal? Monday evening I netted …

Cricket Diary: The Art of Drinking

One of the unexpected pleasures of my return to cricket has been a number of trips down memory lane although not always directly cricket related to be fair. Monday saw …

Approach To Development Team Cricket

I have shared some thoughts regards Development Cricket already, along with a suggestion for a Development Officer within each club. Having played for a couple of teams for a few …

Cricket Diary: Reflections

Last week I consumed more beer, bread and pastry in three days than I normally do in a year so I sit here typing this weeks diary fighting an urge …

Cricket Diary: Muscle Memory

In an early diary entry I ruminated on the fist pump over the handshake. This weekend I was delighted to shake the hand of WIlliam James (maiden century), Olly Mills …

Cricket Diary: An Allrounder!!??

I cleaned the patio on Sunday. Not the most exciting start to a diary post I agree, but a month ago I would have given you long odds on me …

Cricket Diary: The Rain In Lichfield

Once again the weather dominated the cricket this week, or to be accurate the lack of it! Nets on Monday as usual, but with a junior game being played not …

Cricket Diary: Drinking In The Rain

I have news, we have a new boiler. This is news, but is not the news though. The new boiler is way more powerful than the vintage one we inherited …

Cricket Diary: H Is Revealed

Amazon sell a pack of three Red Smoke flares for £23.95. This is not a random fact I just happen to know, but the result of a morning researching distress …

Cricket Diary: Come Hail Or Shine

Growing up I don’t ever recall thinking “oh good it’s April, the cricket season is starting” and as I donned bobble cap, base layers, snood and winter coat and headed …